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Murder in Oregon

In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office in Salem. The murder was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong” and pinned on a low-level drug dealer named Frank Gable, a man who Francke's own brother, Kevin, along with storied Oregon reporter Phil Stanford, believe has been wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 30 years. They believe Francke had uncovered a trail of corruption in the prison system— one that ledto the top of Oregon’s political establishment. Murder In Oregon follows the two men on a decades-long journey, bordering on obsession, into Oregon’s drug and crime-infested underworld to answer one question: Who really killed Michael Francke?

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Ep 1 | The Murder

In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office building in Salem. His killing was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong”, but inconsistencies soon called the official investigation into question. Was Michael Francke murdered...or assassinated? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

48mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Ep 2 | Discrepancies

Inconsistencies in the narrative bring about issues as the official investigation into Michael Francke’s murder unfolds. The Francke family raise concerns that Mike was targeted and are met with resistance from state officials. By the time they get his autopsy report, all bets are off. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

44mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Ep 3 | Breaking Point

Months after Mike's murder, the official investigation seems to stall. Frustrated, Pat and Kevin link up with newspaper columnist Phil Stanford. Their combined efforts lead them to a controversial confession, a mysterious sketch of a possible suspect and the fury of Salem government officials. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

41mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Ep 5 | Depravity

The search for Mike's killer leads to a woman whose dysfunctional upbringing in Salem's drug scene was closely linked to corruption in Corrections. And the staggering violence and trauma she experienced is peppered with names closely tied to the Francke murder investigation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

44mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Ep 4 | Corruption

A deep dive into the history of corruption in Salem reveals a long and sordid relationship between criminal and political powers. It also leads to a troubled and violent man some believe murdered Michael Francke. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

44mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #5